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Wednesday, September 07, 2005


The Belmont Club has great commentary, as always, about the murder of Moussa Arafat in Palestine and what it may mean. It was to be expected that Israeli withdrawal from Gaza would incite a Palestinian civil war. We are seeing that now, and I expect it will get worse before it gets better (if it does get better.) I have never supported Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories because I thought it would help the Palestinians, at least not in the short term. Withdrawal will leave that Palestinians to the tender mercies of their 'leaders' and these are men without mercy. It will almost certainly be bloody and chaotic for some time to come. Eventually it is to be hoped that the Palestinian people themselves will seize their own destiny and build a legitimate state. The hatred that they have been steeped in will make such things difficult for at least a generation though.


Blogger MacBoar said...

I’m not a firm believer in withdrawal, but understand this may be the best way for the future. I just hope Israel responds with a firm hand if the thugs try to use Gaza as a launching pad. Hopefully they will strike back HARD when (not if) it happens.

9/09/2005 05:50:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

"It was to be expected that Israeli withdrawal from Gaza would incite a Palestinian civil war."

I won't (again) state the historical innacuracy of calling Israeli Arabs by the name they've created for themselves with the purpose of further confusing people into feeling sorry for them. But Dave, the Israeli withdrawal has "incited a Pali civil war"??? We've not only never incited the so called "Palis" to do anything against they're nature, but certainly you don't consider Israel's withdrawal from Aza as a premeditated move to transform the territories into a battleground between various pali paramilitary groups do you? Please explain what you mean by your opening statement quoted above.

Yihi Yisrael-Long live Israel!!!

9/10/2005 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Justus said...

The Israeli withdrawal removed the governing factor of Israel from the Palestinian territories, thus causing a civil war between the various factions.

Israel is not responsible for this, the Palestinians are. As to whether the Israeli government expected this or not (they probably did) I cannot say for sure. Israel is not responsible for the choices of the various groups though, no matter how expected they would have been.

I continue to believe that the majority of Palestinian people, although skewed by hatred of Israel, would chose a democratic government and would eventually come to terms with Israel, the leaders of the para-military factions have no democratic desires and will naturally fight for supremacy.

I hope that Palestine will emerge as a democratic nation, but it is obvious to me that for this to happen the common people will have to stand up for themselves. I wouldn't bet on this terribly soon, but it could never happen with Israel controlling Gaza.

9/11/2005 02:21:00 AM  

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